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PAGE SIX LONG ISLAND TRAVELER ■ WATCHMAN atlie f una isslattd THURSDAY, JUNE jl7, 1976 The Long Island Tra vclcr Malllluck Watchman Established 1871 EsUbllshedl826 P u b lished T h u r s d a y at Southold, L.I., N.Y. 11971 By T h e Long Island T raveler - M a ttltuck W a tch m a n , Inc. T raveler S tr e e t T e lep h o n e Southold 765-3425 EDWARD W. WOOD, JR., Publisher PATRICIA L. WOOD, Editor SHERLEY B. KATZ. Desk Editor BOB BURNS, Sports Editor RAY RIGNEL, Advertising Director ■lOHN .1. MULLKN. Advcrlising Rcprcscntalivc I’ ATRICIA ,1. SOWINSKI, Business Rcprcsciiiativc DiipUy AdTcrtlnliif ttmtm on AnallflattiMi Bntered as Second Class M atter at the Post Offloe at Soutbold, N. Y., under the Act of Congress on March 3, 1*79 T h e Official P a p e r Of S o u thold Town An Official P a p e r Of R iverhead Town An Official P a p e r Of S o u tham p ton Tow n THURSDAY, JU N E 17, 1976 Tax Incentives With A Common Touch T h o s e who ask th e questio n “ W h y d o n ’t th e y . . . ? ” often get such com p licated an s w e r s th a t curiosity is dim m e d forever. K n o w ing th e rlsl^s of q u e s tioning governm e n t policy, w e n e v e r th e l e s s h a v e a q u e s tion w e feel m u s t b e asl<ed. In th i s century, w h e n a top priority m u s t certainly b e th e search for an d t h e developm e n t of new so o r c e s of energy, w h y are th e r e so few tax Incentives given for citizens in th e private secto r willing to im p lem e n t th e technology of th e fu tu r e ? W h y , for Instance, does a local resid e n t look forw a r d to ap Increase, rath e r th a n a d e c r e a s e , in t h e assessm e n t of his p r o p e r ty 'b y th e tow n s h ip If h e Installs a solar en e r g y sy s tem to heat a h o u ^ ? O u r questio n Is not confined to tax Incentives for forw a rd- thinking resid e n ts w h o willingly en c o u r a g e w h a t w e , a s a nation, m u s t do. O u r q u e s tion ex t e n d s to th e en t i r e nation of Im p o sing additional ta x e s on pro p e r ty im p rovem e n ts. Isn ’t th a t form of taxation a particularly reg r e s s i v e one? W h e n all of us face a daily prospect of g o v e r n m e n t’s Inability to provide t h e all-encom p a s s ing services It provided in prior years, w h y does th e r e exist a tax on any level of go v e r n m e n t - local to federal - w h ich d isco u r a g e s self-help an d self-im p r o v e m e n t? W e feel th a t governm e n t en t ities should re-ex a m in e tax stru c t u r e s w ith t h e Idea of providing less loopholes for big business an d m o r e tax b r e a k s for t h e perso n - ln - th e - s tr e e t willing to shoulder a little m o r e th a n his or h e r load. Letters To The Editor Ed. Note: Letter^ to the editor are encouraged. The space given is to encourage the people of the com- muniHes to express their views and by so doing help our communities grow strong. An enlightened people worl<ing together toward the gdoti life. Citeio once said, \ L i f e is short, but life is long enough to live honorably and well.” Follow Up Editor: As your coordinators (Linda and Bob Zagorski) of ‘Town Meeting ’76’ , we want to thank everyone who attended the “ Follow Up Town Meeting '76'. The people who attended this meeting on June 8 at the Holiday Inn, decided that we would meet again in early September to work on some of the proposals of the May 1 ‘ ‘ Town Meeting ’ 76’ . We realize that some of the proposals are already being worked on by many of the existing organizations of Riverhead. If one of your goals in life is to make Riverhead a better place to live, then please attend our Septem­ ber meeting and help us try to accomplish this goal. Everyone is welcome. W e want your opinions and thoughts. We, who attended the June 8 meeting, thought that we might work under the name of “ Riverhead Community Pride Or­ ganization” , this name came out of the slogan made up at the May 1 “ Town Meeting” , which is “ River­ head - The Gateway to Community Pride” . The date in September will be publicized and if you have any pride in your town, we will expect to see you at the September meeting. Linda and Bob Zagorski Budgetary Problems Editor and Concerned Citizens: A group of very concerned citizens are presenting to you some consider­ ations of the budgetary problems of our schools. Our schools are conduct­ ed under New York State Depart­ ment o f Education mandates. Digres­ sions from these rules are subject to most rigorous review. Grades one through eight are limited to a cur­ riculum of subject matter and sub­ jects over which your local school board has almost no options. Grades nine through twelve have required subject areas and a minimum number of periods and terms. These are accounted for on a point system of credits. Twenty credits are necessary for graduation. The basic subject areas are English, mathematics, social studies, science, health educa­ tion. In addition students are requir­ ed to take a three year sequence to total out to twenty credits. Your school also offers the opportunity for enrichment studies for which stu­ dents receive additional credit toward graduation which greatly aids them in obtaining employment and accept­ ance in to post high school insti­ tutions. The costs in your school budget are predicated on salaries, maintenance and supplies. Administrators and office assistances salaries are a matter of negotiation with the school board. Teachers salaries are also arrived at by negotiation and then fixed under the New York State Taylor law. Maintenance arises through wear, tear and breakdowns. You have just had an example in the budget item for the boiler repair. Supplies are purchased through competitive bidding. Our costs are not derived without full awareness that the residents have to meet them. Frequently more discussion goes into studying public reaction than educa­ tional considerations. Several years ago the legislature at Albany passed a tax exemption law Days In O u r Past 100 Years Ago An epidemic of measles had cut school attendance. The Suffolk County Mutual Insur­ ance Company had elected Hutchin­ son Case, president and treasurer; Rensselaer Goldsmith, vice presi­ dent, and Joseph Goldsmith, attor­ ney and secretary. Albertson Case was to deliver the 4th of July address at Greenport. Potato bugs were the center of interest. John B. Mastcrson moved into their summer home on Town Harbor Lane. The Southold Presbyterian Church donated $136 to the Foreign Mis­ sions Board. Pond in Cutchogue had been com­ pleted. The town assessors had made their annual trip to Fishers Island. 75 Years Ago Years Ago Frank T. Wells had a street light installed in front of his store on Main Street and so constructed that the boys could not blow it out. Bryant Moore, a former Southold- er. went through on his motor bike. It was believed to be the only such vchiclc in Suffolk County. The Mattituck Dramatic Associa­ tion elected Charles W. Wickham, president; Mrs. Thomas Lathrop, vice president: Mrs. Charles Wick­ ham, secretary, and Mrs. George K. Meday. critic. The new road to the Sound at Duck William Wickham of Cutchogue, a student at Amherst College, was spending his summer vacation on a trip to the far west. Summum Bonum, correspondent to “ The Traveler” from Mattituck, was at Dr. Williams Sanitarium in Brentwood for a rest. Miss Catherine McCabe of South- old was attending the Eucharistic Congress in Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. John Coleman and family were at the historic SAH Dayton House in Bay View, where they have summered for many seasons. William A. Richmond, who had been chief engineer in the largest hotel in Miami during the winter months, was spending a few weeks with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. George Richmond. William J. Grattan was the local agent for Swift's Fertilizers. William A. and J.E. Cochran had sold the Cochran store property, corner Boisseau Avenue and Main Street, to George W. Smith. Cadet George V. Ehrhardt of Southold graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Cadet Ehrhardt was the son of Captain George Ehrhardt. keeper of Horton’s Point Lighthouse. Miss Julia, Miss Vera Terry and Henry Wickham were going abroad for the summer months. A farewell party under the direction of (Continued on Page 7) STRA W B E R R IES making it possible to reduce school taxes for a limited number of senior citizens. The local school boards were given a limited discretion in the cut-off point for this exemption. Setting a cutoff point encourages evasion and possible fraud. This is the type of arbitrary tax system that prevailed before the introduction of the sliding scale income tax. If you believe that a sliding scale tax would be more equitable please inform your representatives Leon E. Guiffreda and Perry B. Duryea that this is your opinion. This is the tax law and not education law. If you believe that a sliding scale tax would be more equitable to all ages please inform your representatives. As you know we have a problem keeping our young people in the community. It is also possible that this incentive could help to persuade them to start careers here. Join us to help your schools to be highly regarded and as efficient as our police department, road mainten­ ance department, park department and all other local service departments.' Very sincerely yours, James P. Knowles Dorothy Mathews Reverend Ben Burns Austerity Editor; While reading Newsday recently, I came upon a letter in their “ Letters” column. It reminded me of a few years ago and made me wonder if it could be us again. I quote: “ ...After a horrible school year on austerity, the East Meadow School budget was passed. I would never have known what a hardship austerity is without experiencing it first-hand. Austerity hurts everyone - parents, teachers, administrator, community organizations who cannot use school facilities, all homeowners - but mostly the children. It also ends up costing everyone much more. “ Our children didn’t get much of an education this year. They did become expert door-to-door solicit- tors and fund raisers for just about every ordinary school activity we take for granted, such as sports, after-school activities, equipment, transportation, etc. Right now. high school seniors are busy raising money to pay for their graduation exercises! “ Residents with no children in the schools, who frequently vote down school budgets, must realize that the resale value of their homes is directly connected to an approved school budget which provides the basics for all children. “ We all know that our taxes are too high, but voting down school budgets is not the answer. It costs each family much more in the end in terms of lowered community value and constant irritating solicitation. “ 1 urge voters in every Long Island school district to reject the painful East Meadow austerity ex­ perience and vote “ yes” on their school budgets.” I'll sign my own name to this, as it contains my thoughts and feelings. I've been involved in the school, since 1 moved here four years ago from Huntington. 1 know about property value. It took me 10 months to sell my house there. The reason? Problems in the school. People would hang up on me when they heard the school district in which the house was located. I also know about the morale o f the student, when a budget is rejected. When adults don't care. W e were down that road a few years ago. Let’ s not go down that road again. Sincerely, Carol Boger Southold Display The Flag Editor; Last year the 94th Congress adopted a joint resolution declaring the 21 days from Flag Day through Independence Day as a period to honor America and further declared that there be public gatherings and activities at which people of the U.S. could celebrate and honor their country in an appropriate manner. In the article “ Time to Honor America” J. Willard Marriott, chair­ man of the American Historical and Cultural Society, Washington, D.C., suggests the continuous display of the flag during this period. To encourage the display of the flag in Southold Town, pamphlets on flag etiquette were distributed by 4-H Club members under the direc­ tion of leaders, Mrs. Steward Horton of Orient and Mrs. Jack Gamble of Mattituck. As a participant of the Southold Town Bicentennial Sub-Committee heading the American flag effort, I wrote to the chambers of commerce in Southold Town and suggested the display of the flag in the business areas. I would like to; Encourage town residents to dis­ play the American flag daily; Extend thanks to 4-H members in the Orient-East Marion area and the Peconic - Cutchogue - Mattituck area for pamphlet distribution: Recognize the cooperation of the Mattituck C of C for their display of the flag; Acknowledge efforts of commit­ tee members Gerard Dickerson, Gary Ettlemeyer and George Leon­ ard. Gertrude Koop Mattituck Thanks Editor: On behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Southampton. I wish to thank you for the news publicity and photo cover­ age you gave to the benefit cocktail party sponsored by our organization. Over $400 was raised at the affair and the proceeds will go towards our Paul Hayes Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Southampton Hospital Expansion Fund. I would also like to thank our hosts for that day, Ted Walter and Ken O'Brien of Ted Walter's Restaurant. They made the day a complete success. And a special thanks to Joe Sherman who provided the wonder­ ful piiino playing that was enjoyed by everyone who attended. And to all those persons who attended, “ Thank you\ for helping the Kiwanis Club of Southampton continue in our service to your community. Very truly yours, Robert J. Bossclman President Dumping (Continued from Page 3) position, stating it was a problem of the State of Connecticut and one he wished they'd settle themselves. Don M iddleton, Long Island Regional Director of DEC. called the New London site inferior to the East Hole: Shirley Bachrach represented the Riverhead-Southold League of Women Voters as opposed to the dumping site; Virginia Moore, South- old, spoke for the North Fork Audubon Society when she stated “ there is no reason to restore the dumping privilege.\ Charles D. Hardy, Southold, called the study a “ supplement in con­ tempt\ and the North Fork Environ­ mental Council asked for more than “ lip service\ in protection of the environment. Colonel Ralph Garver, deputy division engineer. New England Divi­ sion of the .\rmy Corps o f Engineers, repeated several times during the hearing that all statements will be weighed carefully before the injunc­ tion, obtained in November, will be lifted. • Cutchogue (Continued from Page 2) also were busy until the wee, wee hours of the morning in Cutchogue. 01’ Driftwood supplied the answer why! Full moon. Birthday greetings to Ed Hinder- man, June 18, Linda Kaelin, 19th. Bennett Orlowski III and Karen Kaelin, 20th, John Bokina and Irene Grohoski, 21st, and Cheryl Pumillo, 24th. Anniversary greetings to Dorothy and John Bakowski on the 24th. Those local people on the tour of Poland for the last few weeks returned home Tuesday, June 8. Sorry that we couldn’t get all the names but all of them said they enjoyed the trip and are glad to be back home. New Suffolk once again has a launching ramp of sorts. A tempor­ ary ramp has been installed at the south end of First Street. Some blacktop and length of potato digger chain has been put down in the sand. It is usable, even though second class. The Cutchogue - New Suffolk Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting at the Blue Top Inn last Wednesday evening. The ladies that did the predominant work on the Bicentennial quilt were the guests of the chamber and displayed their finished product to the membership. Thesfi young ladies, under the super­ vision of Alice Doroski, really did themselves proud with the quilt. It is a one time collector’s item, never to be reproduced. It will be on display throughout the town this summer. In other chamber business, the big barn dance tickets are going so fast for the July 2 event that plans are being made to erect a huge tent in front of the barn to accommodate everyone. Contact President Frank Cichanowicz III if you want to reserve a table. We extend a big thank you to those good Samaritans who are keeping the grass mowed on the shoulders of Depot Lane and cutting down somewhat at the railroad station and also to Larry Kirk of the Fishermen’s Rest who is keeping the flower box in front of his place supplied with new plants this summer. Last Saturday colorful pe­ tunias were planted and watered with tender, loving care by Larry. If you know of more good deeds for the community, let us know, please. Am e rican Presidents In 200 years, only 37 men have ' held the office of President of the United States, with terms ranging from 31 days to over 12 years. These men were from diversified baciigrounds, different personall* ties, physical strengths and moral attitudes. All had different prob­ lems to face and one wonders who among the 37, would have been elected to office today. From birth, Franklin Pierce had seemed blessed. He had grown up in affluent surroundings. His father, Benjamin Pierce, had been a leader in New Hampshire politics where he served as Governor. Young Franklin, with an ample boost from his father’s reputation, entered politics at the age of twenty-five as a representative in the New Hampshire state legislature, and by the time he was twenty-nine, was comfortably settled in the House of Representatives. He had been a bright, popular student at Bowdoin College; he had married Jane Means Appleton, the college president’s daughter. He was outstandingly handsome, with dark curly hair, dark eyes, and an olive complexion. He loved Washington social life and parties where he occasionally drank too much, to his wife’s con­ sternation. She was quiet, with­ drawn, and solemnly religious; Franklin was buoyant and lightheart­ ed. Acquaintances described him as genial, witty and charismatic. His best friend and Bowdoin classmate, novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, believed that as well as personal magnetism, Pierce had “ in him many of the chief elements of a great ruler ... he has a subtle faculty of making affairs roll onward according to his will ... he is deep, deep, deep.” When, in 1852, as a relatively unknown candidate, forty-nine year old Pierce was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention, it appeared that he, indeed, was leading a charmed existence. Then Franklin Pierce won the Presidency. Things began to go wrong Personal tragedy marked the begin­ ning of his term. A train accident in which neither he nor his wife were injured, killed their only child, a son named Bennie. This unfortunate incident launched the already melancholy Jane ^Pierce into per­ severing grief. An aunt assumed her duties as hostess and she retired to lifelong mourning. Her neurotic obsession with her son’s death Franklin Pierce [1853-1857] pervaded every Presidential affair. Visitors were oppressed by the aura of gloom which hung over the White House. Pierce began to drink more heavily. His administration also suffered. The purchase of forty-five thousand square miles in the Southwest, from Mexico, was made with the building of a southern rail line in mind; this of course, was beneficial to the South. Consequently, hostilities between the free and the slave states were further aggravated. Pierce’s signing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, an attempt to cool sectional strife by opening the territory to the peoples’ choice, resulted in bloody warfare between slave owners and free- soilers, and hastened the advent of the Civil War. The President’s naivete in handling such explosive issue belied an administrative weakness Nathaniel Hawthorne had not perceived. At the close of his term. Pierce was thoroughly un­ popular in the North. Mrs. Pierce’s mental and physical illness, Pierce’s own addiction to alcohol, the misfortunes of his per­ sonal and public life, were striking in ■ contrast to his vibrant beginnings. He retreated to New Hampshire follow­ ing his retirement from the Presi­ dency, a weary, disillusioned man. He was disliked even in his native state and hometown; when he attend­ ed the funeral of his old friend, Hawthrone, he was snubbed by the rest of the gathering. After his wife’s death. Pierce had given up drinking and turned to religion, but the toll on his body had been tremendous. He died, almost friendless, at the age of sixty-five of cirrhosis of the liver,

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